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Westlawn Teacher Says Personal Relationships are Key to Teaching Success

Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers mission this week takes us to Westlawn Middle School to pay a visit to Naomi Swords, a second-year 6th grade teacher who’s already getting the attention of students and administrators. Westlawn principal Lynette Alexander says the numbers speak for themselves.

“Last year, just in the area of reading, she had 85% growth for her students,  so that’s very high.  That’s a year to two years growth in one school year, so she’s exceptional,” Principal Alexander tells us.

Ms. Swords says her secret to success has been nurturing personal relationships with her students, so she can learn what specific challenges they face and educate them in a manner that suits them.

“You wouldn’t learn from anybody that you didn’t like right?” Swords says. “So, you have to form that relationship, and then once that relationship is formed… That’s where you know where they’re struggling. They’re letting you in to who they are so then you’re able to help them.”

If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.



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